Registration is open for the Ontario WoodWorks TimBEER engineering workshops, held in Ottawa and Toronto. The events will discuss new developments in mass timber design and explore interesting timber projects through interactive design sessions and live testing demonstrations. Additionally, attendees are invited to sample beer from local breweries.
This year saw completion of more buildings with a height of 200 m (656 ft) or greater than any previous year, says the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). According to its 2017 Tall Building Year in Review, 144 of these skyscrapers completed construction worldwide, which is up from 127 in 2016. This marks the fourth consecutive record-breaking year, with the global number of annual skyscraper-builds nearly doubling since 2013.
On October 12, the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) was adopted by the city’s Planning and Growth Management Committee. This updated municipal building regulation is part of TransformTO, a plan led by Toronto’s Environment and Energy Division and The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) that intends to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 per cent by 2050.
With its new Toronto chapter, the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) has opened a total of three in Canada. Overall, the organization has more than 2400 members and 38 chapters (including two student chapters) worldwide.
For its third year, the annual Winter Stations Design Competition encourages designers to explore the possibilities of lifeguard stands at beaches in the east end of Toronto. Prior to the competition’s November 4 deadline, entrants will need to submit proposals for temporary artistic installations that use these stands as a framework—and can withstand the city’s cold winter.
Toronto’s Westinghouse building sets a record for highest historical façade ever retained in Canada. Westinghouse was an industrial building in downtown Toronto during the 1920s. International real-estate developer Greenland Group is renovating the building into condominiums.
Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) is hosting the Sustainable Built Environment Conference of the Americas in Toronto from September 19 to 20. Under the theme “Regenerative and Resilient Urban Environments,” the conference expects approximately 500 international environmental stakeholders from industry, academia, and government to explore strategies, projects, and best practices in the sustainable built environment.
Toronto’s Lake Ontario coastline is one of its most striking features, but over the years, parts have become derelict and run-down. In November 1999, the Waterfront Renewal Project was launched, with the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, and City of Toronto each dedicating $500 million to renew the area over 30 years.
Cion, an Ingenium Group company, acquired Coulter Building Consultants to combine services and expand as one firm, Cion Coulter. Cion provides technical services tailored to the property and facilities management industry in Toronto. Coulter is a group of consulting engineers and building scientists serving Burlington, Ont., and surrounding areas.